The legendary Schnitzer team boss Karl & # 39; Charly & # 39; Lamm died on Thursday at the age of 63 years.
Lamm's sudden death after a brief illness just weeks after retiring from motorsport came in a 40-year career spanning several racing disciplines.
The German helped lead the long-standing BMW team to multiple touring car and sports car championships, including overall victories in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Nürburgring 24.
He In his last race as Schnitzer team principal at the FIA GT He won the World Cup in Macau with Augusto Farfus (pictured above) in November before resigning from the role.
BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt praised Lamb in the context of a statement from the manufacturer.
"Quite unexpectedly, we received the message from the Lamm family that Charly Lamm died on Thursday," Marquardt said.
"Our sincere condolences go to the Lamm y family and the Schnitzer family It is incredibly difficult to accept that Charly is no longer with us."
"For decades he had great influence on BMW racing, celebrated with his The team has been a great success and has thrilled fans with its unique passion for racing around the world.
"Losing it so suddenly is a shock and a tragedy – especially as Charly just started a new chapter in his life. "
" We mourn the loss of a character of international renown and love who will always be closely associated with BMW Motorsport. "
BMW driver Alex Zanardi spoke to reporters at the Daytona International Speedway on Friday his condolences.
The Italian fought in both touring car world championships for Schnitzer and Blancpain GT Sprint Cup.
"Sad Charly Lamm, who has always been a great member of the BMW family – a person who has endowed BMW with his talent and commitment and contributed to its success It was for BMW Motorsport, who passed away yesterday," said Zanardi.
"At least on behalf of the BMW family, I personally expressed our best condolences.
"It's a sad moment for the entire BMW family, because whoever knew Charly, it's easy to understand how important he was to each and every one of us."